Women and Leadership: advancing women's economic empowerment

Women and Leadership: advancing women's economic empowerment

Aug 23
Join CEDA as we discuss women’s economic security in the workforce and in retirement.


Nicolette Rubinsztein, Non-Executive Director, UniSuper, President, Actuaries Institute
Jane Mussared, Chief Executive of COTA SA
Nick Reade, Chief Executive, Bank SA
Professor Marie Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor Business and Law, University of South Australia Business School

Event overview

The Australian gender pay gap is narrowing but women are currently earning 14.1 per cent less than their male colleagues.

Wealth accumulation for women is slowed by career breaks, a lack of flexible work options on returning to the workforce and streaming women into roles that do not advance their career. 

Ultimately, the gender pay gap and structural barriers in the workforce culminate in women retiring with approximately half the superannuation of men. Older women are now the fastest growing group of homeless Australians.

What can organisations do to assist their current female employees and the future workforce and how do we address inequalities facing older women including age discrimination and the superannuation gap?

Join CEDA for this important discussion.

Meet the keynote speaker

Nicolette Rubinsztein
Non-Executive Director, UniSuper, President, Actuaries Institute

Nicolette was appointed to the UniSuper Board as an independent director in December 2015, and President of the Actuaries Institute in March 2019.  Formerly a senior executive in the wealth management industry, having held three general manager roles at CBA/Colonial First State over a period of 14 years as well as senior roles at BT as the Vice President and Head of Product Management, and a consulting actuary role at Towers Perrin.  Nicolette was on the board of ASFA from 2007 to 2015 and chair of its Super System Design Council—where Nicolette was noted for her work in superannuation policy and awarded the ASFA Distinguished Service Award and the inaugural Financial Services Council Industry Excellence Award.  Nicolette is a UNSW Alumni Leader and a member of Macquarie University’s Faculty of Business and Economics Industry Advisory Board. In 2014, Nicolette was named one of the top 10 ‘powerful part-timers’ and is author of the book Not Guilty.

Meet the panel

Jane Mussared
Chief Executive of COTA SA

Jane Mussared is the Chief Executive of the Council on the Ageing in South Australia (COTA SA), the peak body promoting the rights, needs and interests of older South Australians. Jane came to COTA SA in 2015 from ACH Group where she had been part of their Executive team since 2001, initially managing the Health and Community Services Division and then heading up People and Innovation. Prior to that Jane was the Manager of the State Government Office for the Ageing.

Nick Reade
Chief Executive, Bank SA

Nick joined BankSA as Chief Executive in March 2014. An experienced retail and commercial banker, he is passionate about innovation and small business in SA. With a career spanning 30 years in financial services, Nick’s experience includes funds management, stockbroking, retail and commercial banking. He is also a member of the Premier’s SA Economic Advisory Council, member of CEDA's SA/NT State Advisory Council and a Director of ipData Holdings Limited.

Meet the chair

Professor Marie Wilson
Pro Vice Chancellor Business and Law, University of South Australia Business School

Professor Marie Wilson is Pro Vice Chancellor (Business and Law) of the University of South Australia Business School. Professor Wilson has a track record of delivering in both industry and university leadership, and under her direction the UniSA Business School is becoming nationally and internationally recognised as a leader in applied research and in the education of global professionals. Since gaining her initial degree in Science at Florida State University Professor Wilson has studied and worked across the globe and has been a senior manager in strategy and HRM for seven public companies, including one of the worlds largest IT firms.

Supported by CEDA members

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